Recruitment and attraction strategies

Aboriginal Employment Co-ordinator

The District's Aboriginal Employment Co-ordinator (AEC) has strong relationships with Aboriginal people and connects the District to community. The AEC also:

 

  • develops employment strategies and programs for Aboriginal people
  • provides important cultural support to Aboriginal people
  • plays an integral role in the District's goal to become an employer of choice for Aboriginal people.

The District's Aboriginal employment participation rate has grown from an average of 0.8% of its workforce in 2012 to over 3% of its workforce in 2015. This represents over 4% of the labour market of employment age within the Aboriginal population on the Central Coast.

Supported recruitment (identified and targeted)

The District particularly welcomes applications from people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This is represented in job advertisements as:

  • 'Identified positions', which require an Aboriginal person to perform the duties*.
  • 'Targeted positions', which provide preference for Aboriginal applicants above other applicants. These positions are generally advertised with a notation that the District supports diversity and equal employment opportunities.

For support navigating the recruitment process and starting work within NSW Health, Aboriginal people can access the Ministry of Health's 'Stepping Up' resource which offers a range of useful information and contacts.

The District also has access to qualified administration applicants through Yarn'n, a Commonwealth funded agency that specialises in local Aboriginal employment.  

* Exemptions are available under s.14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) which may be claimed when Aboriginality is a genuine occupational requirement.

Eligibility list strategy

The AEC manages a pool of Aboriginal candidates who could be matched to suitable vacancies as and when they arise. The roles in scope include Administration Officers, generally Level 2 or Level 3. The District has successfully placed over 35 staff into administration roles using this strategy, which involves a streamlined, merit based selection process.